Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Civil protest in Raleigh leads to arrests

Posted By on Wed, Jun 16, 2010 at 12:28 PM

After last week's Garden of Forgiveness dedication in Freedom Park, I was pretty surprised to read this morning that the Wake County school board is accused of working to reverse the very laws that helped alleviate segregation in the state's largest school district.

Police arrested state NAACP President the Rev. William Barber and three others Tuesday evening after the group staged a 1960s-style sit-in that disrupted a Wake County school board meeting.

The group was protesting plans by the school board’s majority to eliminate busing and move closer to a neighborhood-based school assignment plan, according to the News & Observer of Raleigh. Critics say such a move would return the state’s largest school district to the racially segregated day before the Civil Rights Movement.

The protest began, according to published reports, when Barber and others refused to give up the microphone during a public comment period. School board leaders then called a recess and adjourned to another room.

During the break, the protesters, vowing to be arrested if necessary, sat in the board members’ seats and began singing.

Read the rest of this article here.

At last week's garden dedication, a student from west Charlotte's Harding High apologized to Dorothy Counts-Scoggins. Why? She's the African-American woman who bravely — despite an angry crowd throwing things and spitting at her — integrated the school, three years after the U.S. Supreme Court banned segregation, in 1958. You can read about that apology at

"Even a mild preference for the color of your neighbor can lead to extreme segregation."

Forget history, repeat history.

Who in the hell is anyone to suggest they are better than anyone else, for any reason?

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